On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who died in active military service. Regardless of one’s view of war(s), it is important that we pay respects to those who have offered their own lives for others’ freedom. I, for one, live in relative comfort and ease, in part because of their sacrifice. I am reminded of their sacrifice not just on Memorial Day, but also on other days when I encounter veterans undergoing post-traumatic stress. A few have shared with me how difficult it is for them to liv … [Read more...]
One of the striking features of Acts chapter 2 is that the Spirit’s descent at Pentecost led the people gathered from around the world to speak in different languages: When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and be … [Read more...]
I used to watch with amazement Michael Jordan’s hang time. It was almost as if he defied gravity, as he made his way to the basketball rim for one of his jaw dropping dunks or reverse layups as a basketball god.Jesus has some serious hang time. Jesus defies gravity in his ascension—sorry Air Jordan and Sir Isaac Newton. And yet, when the right time comes, he will return to earth, just like he ascended to heaven. According to Jesus, what goes up must come down. Like and unlike the Terminator a … [Read more...]
Should Christians Fear “America’s Changing Religious Landscape”? It All Depends on How We Interpret and Respond to the Data.
The Pew Research Center recently released “America’s Changing Religious Landscape: Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” I have witnessed various responses and reactions to it. A few of the responses I have appreciated are “'Cause We Are Living in a Pluralist World...” and “What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Christian Decline In America: A Brief Reflection on the Pew Report.”Should Christians fear America’s changing relig … [Read more...]
Have you ever felt that no matter how hard you work, it is never enough? Women and people of diverse ethnicities often feel this way. For example, no matter how far African Americans come, many feel that they will never meet with the approval of the dominant society's expectations. There is a white ceiling, which many people in our society cannot see. The agonizing sense of never being able to ascend and arrive at one's envisioned destination can even be true for an African American who becomes t … [Read more...]
I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a mom. Child bearing alone is hard to fathom. Moms have to endure kicks in the womb and the pain of pushing the fetus into the world. While the physical umbilical cord is surgically cut at birth, moms often have to experience their children severing the emotional umbilical cord with the equivalent of a figurative dull, rusty knife later on in life. Child rearing is often thankless work, even though it is often very relationally rewarding. This reflection on m … [Read more...]
"Please respect our leadership. Please respect the work we've been doing and will continue to do. Please come and work with us and not for us." These are the closing words to a post from leaders of local initiatives in Baltimore (here is the full post). They are responding to the wave of outsiders coming into their community in response to Freddie Gray’s tragic death and charges of police brutality. The local residents represented in this post have been engaged in the struggle for justice for … [Read more...]